The Witcher 3 update improves Performance mode on Xbox Series X|S

By Sean Carey,

Patch 4.02 for The Witcher 3 will soon roll out on Xbox consoles, which improves the game's Performance mode, fixes numerous quest and gameplay issues, and a crash bug relating to Ray Tracing mode on Series X.

According to CD Projekt Red, Patch 4.02 for The Witcher 3 (one of the best Xbox open-world games out there) "improves the overall stability and performance of the game" and fixes a bunch of gameplay and quest issues.

One noticeable change that players should see after downloading the patch is improved performance with The Witcher 3's Performance mode, which took a hit after CDPR rolled out Patch 4.01 last month. The patch also fixes a crash bug with Ray Tracing mode on Xbox Series X and several issues with quests and gameplay. Here are the patch notes from CDPR.

  • The Witcher 3 Patch 4.02 patch notes

    • Improved Performance Mode on next-gen consoles.
    • Fixed an issue where characters could become slightly blurry during dialogues and cutscenes on PlayStation 5.
    • Fixed an issue related to memory usage in Ray Tracing Mode which could result in crashes on Xbox Series X.
    • Whatsoever a Man Soweth... - The game will no longer crash if Geralt runs away from Shani after starting the conversation on next-gen consoles.
    • Fixed an issue where quicksaves couldn't be loaded when using cross progression on Xbox One.
    • Added two missing "Top notch swords!" on previous-gen consoles.
    • Fixed an issue with overwriting manual saves where in some circumstances the oldest gamesave was deleted on PlayStation 5.
    • Addressed performance issues in Beauclair and Novigrad that occurred after loading a gamesave.
  • Visual - PC and Next-Gen Exclusive
    • Improved immersion of water appearance by adding refraction to SSR and ray-traced reflections.
    • Fixed a visual issue with brick textures where black artifacts covered stone arches.
    • Added a Motion Blur slider. It can be found in Options → Video → Graphics.
    Quests & Gameplay- Available on all platforms
    • Battle Preparations - Fixed the lack of a dialogue option that would progress the quest during the objective "Let Avallac'h know everything's ready."
    • Reason of State - Fixed an issue where the door to the warehouse could become permanently locked if the player knocked, entered and then immediately left the building.
    • Scavenger Hunt: Cat School Gear Upgrade Diagrams Part 1 - Fixed an issue where the quest could stay active even after the diagrams were looted.
    • Fixed an issue where trying to start a New Game+ on an incompatible save would block the player from starting the expansions in standalone mode until the game was restarted.
    Localisation - Available on all platforms
    • Fixed an issue with the Korean localization of Ciri's and Geralt's Gwent card descriptions.
    • Fixed punctuation issues in Arabic localization.
    • Updated Traditional Chinese font.
According to CDPR, Patch 4.02 should be available to download today across all platforms and will be 10-20GB, depending on the console.

Have you been running into any of these issues with The Witcher 3? Glad to see a fix? Let us know!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5 or picking up wins in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.
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